1984 Bookstore & Cafe

Top choice Cafe

in French Concession

Big Brother might be watching, but he'd be hard-pressed to find you in this hidden nook of a bookshop-cafe off Hunan Rd. There's no sign, just a metal gate, and you'll need to buzz to get in. Once inside, there's a cosy room with exposed brick walls and a fantastic outdoor courtyard garden; perfect for breakfast or a coffee stop.

It stocks a good range of English and Chinese books (yes, you can pick up a copy of 1984), canvas tote bags, records and cute notebooks. It also serves smoothies, tea and beer.